Rufous Owl in South West WA

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Subject: Rufous Owl in South West WA
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2007 17:00:05 +1000
Perhaps it is a foreign owl that's hitched a lift from Asia?

Following on from Kurtis' point, owls tend to eat mammals rather than birds, whereas Goshawks tend to eat birds. I think it would be a bit unusual for an owl to take a magpie.

Regards, Laurie.

On Tuesday, September 11, 2007, at 09:41 AM, <> wrote:

Dear All,

I had an amazing experience on Friday. (7th Sept.) I was walking down the street in Bridgetown (in south west WA) when something overhead caught my attetion. Imagine my surprise when I looked up and saw the biggest owl I have ever seen! I was seeing it from behind, as it was sitting on top of a sign outside a shop, and that sign was hanging from the rafters under the verandah. When I walked around to see the front of it, another surprise!
It was holding a dead magpie in it's claws! Every now and then he/she
would take a bite out of it, although it was eating very slowly. The owner
of the shop said that it had been there since 8am and it was 11.30am by
the time I saw it.

I have no experience of owls and neither did any of the many other people that stood watching. I also did not have my camera, but many other people did so I am going to try to get a copy from someone. No-one knew what kind of owl it was, but we all had the chance to observe it for a long time, so it was etched into my brain. When I got back home to my daughters house, I pulled out my ID books, and the only owl it could have been is the Rufous
Owl! My daughter agreed wholeheartedly!

I know, I know, you don't get Rufous Owls in the south west of WA, but I was talking to a local later on in the day and he said that about eight of them have been seen. Which of course could be the same bird eight times!
So obviously an escapee, but an amazing sight nonetheless.

It was one of the best birding experiences I have had in my short career
of birdwatching.

Bye for now,
Amy Flatt - Happy Bird Watcher!


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